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A Triumph Thunderbird Bluebird Brought Back from the Dead

A Triumph Thunderbird Bluebird Brought Back from the Dead

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Mar 2015
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It may not look like it now, but my ownership of this 1951 Triumph Thunderbird “Bluebird” started out disassembled in three Rubbermaid containers! I say my love of vehicles is genetic, inherited from my father, so like many of you when I saw a small Craigslist ad for the motorcycle indicating only a “matching frame and engine”, I knew exactly what I was in for.

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Perfect Anti-heroes: Diabolik and the Jaguar E-Type

Perfect Anti-heroes: Diabolik and the Jaguar E-Type

By Jacopo Villa / 13 Mar 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Diabolik is a cult Italian comic book that narrates the story of an astute, highly intelligent thief who has been an anti-hero for many years. Born in the 1960s, Diabolik was conceived as a refreshing evening read for passengers of Milanese evening commuter trains—and has remained popular ever since.

To understand how a uniquely Italian master thief came to use a Jaguar E-Type as his getaway car, and why the series has been such an influence on modern culture, I met with the CEO of Diabolik, Mario Gomboli. Read on to see how this ‘bad boy’ criminal has evolved over the years

Helplessly Cool Mastroianni Defined Style

Helplessly Cool Mastroianni Defined Style

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Feb 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

An Italian actor who rose to prominence in the 1960's, Marcello Mastroianni became a star within Italian cinema in the 1950's after a stint in the theater, when he caught the attention of Federico Fellini. Mastroianni acted in some of Fellini's biggest movies, including La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2.

Driving a Bentley R-type is Exaltation

Driving a Bentley R-type is Exaltation

By Ronald Ahrens / 13 Feb 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

My experience behind the large wheel of a standard 1953 R-Type sedan left vivid impressions of the exalted seating position, and from somewhere within me there came the feeling of pity for those unfortunate people down below in their Hondas and Chevys. An R-Type Continental would surely amplify this feeling...

The Mini was the Giant Killer Born to Burst Some Bubbles

The Mini was the Giant Killer Born to Burst Some Bubbles

By Brian Garrity / 11 Feb 2015 / 7 Comments Read More

British Motor Company (BMC) President Leonard Lord, believed that if the British motoring public truly needed a small, fuel efficient car to endure the nation’s precarious hold on foreign oil, this car should be “a proper small car” and not the “bloody awful bubble cars” that he felt should be driven “off the streets.”

What it is is a Morgan 3-Wheeler

What it is is a Morgan 3-Wheeler

By Yoav Gilad / 29 Jan 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

There are many reasons that the Morgan 3-wheeler isn’t for you, most of them related to practicality and the fact that you’re not a superhero living in an underground lair in the sparsely populated English hill-country. No, the Morgan is certainly not for you. Superheroes are used to attention and publicity, even if they are reclusive, and can handle it. You, my mortal friend, are not ready for the attention.

This Jensen Fits Right

This Jensen Fits Right

By Petrolicious Productions / 27 Jan 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

At first blush, leaving Italy to go in search of a beautiful vintage car seems as unnecessary as leaving Tahiti to look for the perfect beach. But when a man takes a fancy to a particular car, he sometimes has no choice but to cast a wider net...

A Thousand Miles and a Petrolicious Rally in a Mini

A Thousand Miles and a Petrolicious Rally in a Mini

By Petrolicious Productions / 22 Jan 2015
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The day I heard that “Drive Tastefully: Paramount Ranch” was happening, I immediately bought tickets. Only afterwards did I begin to consider that I may have gotten ahead of myself. I live some four hundred miles away from the rally’s starting point. I also happen to drive a 1977 Austin Mini, which is neither a long-distance champion nor a paragon of reliability...

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The Mini Visualized

The Mini Visualized

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Jan 2015
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Earlier last year, we shared Sumner Norman's Mini, but as it's the new year, we wanted to reflect on some of our favorite stories. So we've created a Petrolicious infographic that is chock full of interesting tidbits about the iconic car. For instance, did you know that the Mini was the first British car to sell over one million models?

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Book Review: Racing Colours

Book Review: Racing Colours

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Dec 2014
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The late Simon Owen, an artist and illustrator known for specializing in racing car subjects, showcases his talents one last time in Racing Colours: Motor Racing Compositions 1908-2009. The book covers over seventy graphic compositions of racing car liveries from almost the very beginning of motorsport through to the modern-era.

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